Davarian L. Baldwin is a leading urbanist, historian, and cultural critic. ThePaul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and foundingdirector of the Smart Cities Lab at Trinity College, Baldwin is the authorof Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and BlackUrban Life (UNC, 2007) and co-editor, with Minkah Makalani, of the essaycollection Escape From New York! The New Negro Renaissance beyondHarlem (Minnesota, 2013). He has received grants and fellowships fromHarvard University, the University of Virginia, the University of Notre Dame,and the Logan Nonfiction Writing Fellowship from the Carey Institute for theGlobal Good. He lives with his wife and children in Springfield, Massachusetts.